Jay C. Batzner is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches theory, composition, and technology courses as well as coordinates the composition program. He holds degrees in composition and/or theory from the University of Missouri Kansas City, the University of Louisville, and the University of Kansas.

Jay's music is primarily focused around instrumental chamber works as well as electroacoustic composition. His music has been recorded on the Capstone, Vox Novus, and Beauport Classical labels and is published by Unsafe Bull Music.

Jay is a sci-fi geek, an amateur banjoist, a home brewer, and juggler.

Why'd it have to be disco?

It is better if you read the title of this posting as if you were Indiana Jones looking into the Well of Souls for the first time.

Anyhow, my daughter Daria is clearly becoming her own person. While visiting relatives a few weeks ago she watched Mamma Mia. Now she is obsessed with the music. She wants to listen to the soundtrack all the time. I actually bought the ABBA Gold collection from iTunes, but she won't listen to that. She doesn't like that version, she just wants the soundtrack version.

Daria likes Pierce Brosnan's singing? We waive that point. We do not press it. We look over it. There are bigger issues at stake: my daughter likes disco. She was exposed to the Village People while at the YMCA (she goes there a lot, you see) and she could also listen to Celebration by Kool & the Gang on an infinite loop.

I guess this is good, right? She is more diverse about music than she is about food. She enjoys the Aquabats, TMBG, anything musical theater/light opera, as well as the cheesy tweenie pop things from the Tinkerbell movie. She also likes electroacoustic music (she calls it "open door" music but that is another post).

She is only 3 (will be 4 in April). There are worse things, right? I need assurances. Tell me this is just a phase. And just how mad should I be at my sister for enabling the addiction?